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By Lauren Hill | November 15 2017
An atmospheric port city of northwest Italy’s Liguria region, Genoa has an abundance of exceptional seafood as well as great culinary tradition. To taste some of the most outstanding food on offer here, seek out our pick of the best restaurants in Genoa.
With revered chef Ivano Ricchebono behind the cuisine here, The Cook has been recognized with a Michelin star, testament to its status as one of the region’s best restaurants. Located just outside Genoa, the restaurant sits within the Grand Hotel Arenzano where diners can savor views from the outdoor terrace as well as the accomplished food and carefully selected wine. Local seafood and regional specialties with a modern approach feature on the menu; the region’s fresh produce is the focus in each of the gourmet dishes here, with a tasting menu for the full gastronomic experience.
Some of the freshest and best seafood can be found at Genoa’s Indarsena Oyster Bar, which serves lobster, crab, urchins and clams as well as oysters and of course, wine and champagne. This can all be enjoyed at within the cozy restaurant that spills out onto the pavement of the Old Dockyard. Go for a simple but outstanding platter of your favorite seafood or opt for smaller plates like carpaccio, and specialties like Alaskan king crab and French sea truffles.
The ever evolving menu here is based on both the experimentation of cooking techniques and the fresh ingredients available. Chef Simone Vesuviano is behind this exceptionally creative cuisine. A meal here could include dishes like oyster and sea bass ceviche with lime, muscovado and chili pepper served with Val D’Aveto yogurt and crispy corn, a dish of gnocchi with mussels and fondue, or grilled octopus with creamy ash and beet sauce.
Within the grand dining room of this restaurant at the Grand Hotel Savoia, and out on its panoramic terrace, guests can dine on traditional Genoese cuisine that has been reinterpreted and enhanced with new and unusual ingredients by chef Luciano. Seafood is a particular focus on a menu that’s designed to reflect Genoa’s history, colors and flavors. Try the baked amberjack steak with aubergine caviar, beet dumplings with zucchini flowers and lime, or bonito tartare with avocado mousse and wild sprouts.
This restaurant at the five-star hotel Meliá Genova combines bright modern interiors in shades of gold and silver, which spills out onto an outdoor terrace, with traditional Mediterranean and Ligurian cuisine incorporating local ingredients including stone-ground pizzas, paella and a series of tapas plates, all of which can be matched with the region’s wine.